Greenville Drive update: Pat Light, Jeffrey Wendelken, Mookie Betts

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Light's still hurting, Wendelken gets an introduction, and Betts is still hitting.

Pat Light, RHP

Year Age Tm Lg Lev ERA GS IP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2013 22 Greenville SALL A 8.06 8 25.2 127 1.948 13.0 1.4 4.6 8.4 1.85
2 Seasons 4.98 20 56.0 244 1.464 10.3 0.8 2.9 8.7 3.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/18/2013.

Light returned to action on June 1, but, just like in his previous appearance that had him placed on the minor-league DL, he was pulled after recording just one out due to a recurrence of his hamstring injury. He threw just three pitches, and, according to Sox Prospects, he's rehabbing in in Fort Myers rather than with the Drive at the moment. There's no timetable mentioned for when he'll be back, but hopefully he is able to return soon, and is able to consistently deliver on his promise in a way that he hasn't managed just yet in 2013.

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Jeffrey Wendelken, RHP

Year Age Tm Lg Lev ERA G IP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2013 20 Greenville SALL A 2.94 16 49.0 208 1.306 8.3 0.7 3.5 7.2 2.05
2 Seasons 2.43 29 70.1 287 1.109 7.2 0.5 2.8 8.6 3.05
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/18/2013.

This is Wendelken's first update in 2013, as this spot was previously for Kyle Kraus. With Kraus promoted to High-A Salem, though, the 20-year-old, 12th-round pick of the Red Sox from the 2012 draft gets his time in the update spotlight. Wendelken dominated in the Gulf Coast League to close out 2012, posting a 1.27 ERA in 21-1/3 innings while striking out 28 batters against just three walks. He hasn't been quite as nasty this year in his first taste of full-season ball, but still, it's hard to find much to complain about outright.

The strikeouts are down, and his walks are up, but the end result remains productive. There are reasons to be a little concerned, though: he's very much a fly ball pitcher, and if he isn't missing bats, that is going to be problematic in the future -- especially if the walks don't come down again. The Sox liked him, though, giving him a $100,000 bonus despite where he was selected in the draft, so it's worth keeping an eye on him to see if he can keep the ball down, or at least in the yard.

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Mookie Betts, 2B

Year Age Tm Lg Lev PA 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 20 Greenville SALL A 267 20 1 8 14 1 46 29 .287 .413 .500 .913
3 Seasons 563 28 2 8 35 5 78 59 .278 .382 .397 .779
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/18/2013.

Betts has cooled off a bit from his ridiculous course correction, but that just means he's "only" hitting .306/.390/.444 over his last 10 games. In April, Betts posted a 619 OPS, but as you might have guessed from the above, May was a different story: the second baseman hit .356/.472/.663, and now his line looks as if April never happened. Expecting him to keep up May's pace would be asking a lot, but there is offensive talent here, and it wouldn't be shocking to see him continue along his overall path as the year progresses.

Remember, he's just 20 years old: even if he "only" has an OPS over 900 by year's end, that's a huge accomplishment for Low-A, especially considering he hit all of .267/.352/.307 for short-season Lowell one year ago. If he has anything resembling another May this year, we might even see him hit up High-A Salem, though, that would likely necessitate that Salem's keystoner, Sean Coyle, hits his way into his own promotion. They're both young, so there's no need to worry if there aren't any promotions to be found for either, however.

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